Coast Guard rescues kayaker in Oregon Inlet

According to a U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic press release, a kayaker was rescued in Oregon Inlet between Bodie and Hatteras Islands in North Carolina.

Watchstanders at the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a 911 call around 5:30 pm stating an adult male overturned his kayak and was in distress approximately 300 yards off Oregon Inlet Campground.

A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew was launched from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet at 6:00 pm. The crew arrived on scene and rescued the kayaker from the water. He was then transported to a waiting EMS team back at Station Oregon Inlet.

The man was using a 10-foot, sit-on-top, single, red and orange kayak, which was still adrift as of 9:44 pm on July 1st.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jared Stanton said, “this man made the critical decision to wear a life jacket while kayaking in the ocean. That decision may have saved his life this evening.”

Be Careful Attempting to Access New Sandbar Off Cape Point in Buxton, North Carolina

According to a National Park Service press release, over the last two to three months, a large sandbar has formed off Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) in the Cape Point area. Due to the number of recent water rescues the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad has made between the tip of Cape Point and the sandbar, the National Park Service and Dare County are urging all park visitors to use caution when attempting to access the offshore sandbar.

The Cape Point area is a highly dynamic location that is constantly changing through both erosion and accretion of sand. Currents between Cape Point and offshore sandbars can be very strong; therefore, the Seashore does not recommend that visitors swim or wade to these areas. The life guarded beaches at Coquina Beach, Hatteras Lighthouse Beach, and the Ocracoke Day Use Area Beach are excellent choices for swimming, especially when conditions bring dangerous rip currents to the area.

If interested in accessing the new sandbar, Seashore Superintendent David Hallac states that, “traveling to the sandbar is best accomplished by experienced kayakers or paddle boarders that are using appropriate flotation and mindful of the tides and strong currents in the area.”

Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center Rehabilitation Update

This morning I was lucky enough to get a tour of the rehabilitation project underway at the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

The Visitor Center rehabilitation project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Along with the project to rehabilitate the building, an exhibit upgrade project for inside the building has been initiated and will start shortly after the rehab concludes.

The Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center, designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2001, should be fully operational and open to the public next summer.

In case you didn’t know, the park remains open seven days a week with lots to see outside. There is a temporary visitor available for those looking for a break from the weather and an opportunity to shop for gifts.

My first Christmas season in Manteo

This is the first Christmas season I’ve experienced in Manteo and last night’s boat parade and Christmas tree lighting event kicked off the season in a perfectly festive way. The free soup, hot chocolate, and cupcakes didn’t hurt the experience either.

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One of the boats in the Christmas boat parade
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Queen Elizabeth II all lit up in Manteo Harbor
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Manteo Christmas tree
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Even Santa caught a fish!